CHESTNUT HILL, MA - The University at Buffalo football team went up against one of the nation's top defenses and Boston College proved to be just that as the Eagles held the Bulls to just 67 yards of total offense in a 35-3 victory on a rainy, dreary Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
The final score, however, was not indicative of how well Buffalo's defense played. The Bulls had a season-high 10 tackles for loss, twice that of Boston College, and forced two Eagle turnovers. Khalil Hodge and Jarrett Franklin had 10 tackles apiece to pace the Bulls.
Ishmael Hargrove continued to play well in his first season as a starter. The junior linebacker had six tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. His sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery gave the Bulls the ball at the Boston College 11-yard line. UB was able to convert the turnover into points when Adam Mitcheson connected on a 28-yard field goal to cut the Boston College lead to 14-3 in the second quarter.
The Eagles were able to drive the length of the field on their ensuing possession and score a touchdown with 21 seconds left in the second quarter to take a 21-3 halftime lead.
The UB defense was able to hold Boston College off the scoreboard until the nine minute mark of the fourth quarter when Jon Hilliman scored on a 1-yard run. The Eagles scored a touchdown in the closing seconds to make the final, 35-3.
Boston College, ranked sixth in the nation in defense, was able to control the line of scrimmage all afternoon. The Bulls were limited to just 26 yards rushing and quarterback Tyree Jackson, who hadn't been sacked all season, took some hits and finished 9-of-21 for 42 yards.
"[Boston College] is a physical group and you could see they reacted real well - came downhill," head coach Lance Leipold said. "We never had any semblance of any type of sustained drive or movement, so that's disappointing."
The loss dropped the Bulls to 1-3. Now finished with non-conference action, the Bulls willopen up Mid-American Conference play next Saturday when they host Kent State at UB Stadium.